Muhammad Ali Passes at Age 74
H e could float like a butterfly and sting like a bee, but no matter how great a fighter any man is, we all lose the fight with life and move to the other side in death. Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Clay has passed at the age of 74.
A t the age of 12 Muhammad Ali, then Cassius Clay, had his bicycle stolen from him in Louisville, Kentucky. When speaking with a police officer about the theft of his bike, the officer, also a boxing coach told the young Cassius Clay if he wanted to get the guy who stole his bicycle, he had better learn to box. Learn to box is an understatement when talking about Muhammad Ali, he mastered the art of boxing, he became the standard by which all boxers measure themselves to this day.
T hose of us who had the pleasure of watching him fight, were witness to a living legend… He was a man who could really talk some trash… He was confident, knew he was great, told those he fought he was great, and fully backed it up in the ring!
H e did not have an easy go of it, especially in his early years. He not only fought opponents in the ring, but he had to fight the racial injustice of the era, he claimed conscientious objector status and refused to go to fight in the Vietnam War, that cost him 4 years of not being able to box in his prime, he converted to Islam before the politically correct developed the love they currently have for Muslims.
N ot too long after after beating Leon Spinks, winning the heavyweight title for the third time making boxing history, he developed Parkinson’s Disease.
A nyone who was around in the 70’s knew two names… Muhammad Ali and Howard Cosell. This marks the end of a great era.
R est in Peace Muhammad Ali…
Muhammad Ali ~ January 17, 1942 to June 04, 2016
Take a look back at the life and times of boxing legend and pop culture icon Muhammad Ali.
Ali, then still known as Cassius Clay, listens as Elijah Muhammad addresses Nation of Islam followers in 1964. Later that year he was officially recruited by the Nation of Islam and given his new name as Muhammad Ali.
Ali gives Will Smith rabbit ears at an event premiered Ali's book "GOAT - Greatest Of All Time" on Dec. 6, 2003, in Miami, Florida.
A promotional poster for the "Fight of the Century" between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier on March 8, 1971, at Madison Square Garden. Frazier won the fight in 15 rounds via unanimous decision, handing Ali the first defeat of his professional career. Ali won the rematch by unanimous decision...
Ali meets The Beatles in February 1964.
Ali receives a replacement gold medal for the one he won for the 1960 Olympics during a halftime ceremony of the Yugoslavia vs. USA basketball game at the Georgia Dome at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta on Aug. 3, 1996.
Ali, Jesse Jackson and Jay Z attend the 58th NBA All-Star Game at US Airways Center in Phoenix on Feb. 15, 2009.
Ali and Michael J. Fox pretend to spar before giving their testimony on Parkinson's disease before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services on May 22, 2002. Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 1984.
On Oct. 29, 1960, Ali, then still known as Cassius Clay, won his first professional fight, beating Tunney Hunsaker with a six-round decision in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. He would capture the world heavyweight championship in a stunning upset of Sonny Liston in 1964 and go on to a career ...
President George W. Bush presents Ali with the Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on Nov. 9, 2005.
Ali poses with tennis star Bjorn Borg in July 1979.
President Ronald Reagan poses with Ali in the White House's Oval Office on Jan. 24, 1983
Ali speaks at a Sept. 20, 2001, press conference in New York City about the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Ali, who converted to Islam in the mid-1960s, spoke out against terrorism saying that true followers of the Islamic religion are peaceful.
Muhammad Ali was born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. on Jan. 17, 1942, in Louisville, Kentucky. Taking up boxing at the age of 12, he compiled an amateur record of 100 wins and five losses.
Ali watches as the Louisville Cardinals take on the Michigan State Spartans during the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball West Regional Semifinal game on March 22, 2012, in Phoenix.
Ali poses for a photo with actor Denzel Washington as they arrive at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America President's Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on June 9, 2004.
Ali poses with his daughter, Laila Ali, after she defeated Suzy Taylor at Aladdin Casino in Las Vegas on Aug. 17, 2002.
President Jimmy Carter greets Ali at a White House dinner on Sept. 7, 1977, celebrating the signing of the Panama Canal Treaty.
Jack Nicklaus meets Muhammad Ali during the US PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Lexington, Kentucky, in August 1996.
Ali walks with the Dalai Lama as they head into a dedication ceremony for the Chamtse Temple on Sept. 7, 2003, in Bloomington, Indiana.
Singer Celine Dion performs with Ali and wife his Lonnie Ali on stage at "Celebrity Fight Night X," a charity event to raise money for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Research Center, at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona, on March 27, 2004.
That amateur career included winning a gold medal in the light-heavyweight division at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome.
Ali attends the Norman Mailer Center 4th Annual Benefit Gala on Oct. 4, 2012, in New York City.
English boxer Joe Bugner poses by a poster of Ali in May 1975 as he prepares for their fight. Ali won an unanimous 15-round decision over Bugner in their June 30, 1975, fight.
Ali relaxes at his home in Deer Lake, Pennsylvania, in 1970.
Jennifer Lopez poses with Ali at the former boxing champ's Celebrity Fight Night XIX on March 23, 2013, in Phoenix, Arizona.
Ali in action against Al "Blue" Lewis in Dublin, Ireland, in 1972.
Ali is seen here during a Sept. 26, 1998, event in Melbourne, Australia.
Ali is seen here training in an undated photo.
Ali is seen here in a photograph circa 1985.
Ali spars with a local boxer during a visit to the Sahat Homa Boxing Club in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Nov. 18, 2002. Ali was in Kabul on a three-day mission as a special guest of the United Nations as the U.N. messenger of peace.
Ali, who won a gold medal winner at the 1960 Summer Olympics, holds up the Olympic torch prior to lighting a device that would carry the flame up the cauldron during the opening ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta on July 19, 1996.
Ali at ringside during the Terry Norris vs. Carl Daniels fight in San Diego on Feb. 22, 1992.
RIP Muhammad Ali